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John M. Anderson Lecture Series Hosts Philadelphia-Based Artist Virgil Marti

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The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by Philadelphia-based artist Virgil Marti as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.  Marti is known for challenging the line between art and design in media such as printed wallpaper, textiles, and elaborate chandeliers.  Free and open to the public, Marti’s lecture will take place Monday, October 29, 12:30 p.m., Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.  For an entire listing of John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series events, please visit:

Hailed as the “vanguard of the new baroque” (Artforum, February 2005) Marti has repeatedly attracted the acclaim of publications such as Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times for his innovative approach to nature and culture, inspired by sources as diverse as 1970s kitsch, rococo decorative motifs, and the crypts of Capuchin monks. He is the recipient of many awards, and has exhibited extensively in venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2010), La Biennale de MontrĂ©al (2007), and the Whitney Biennial (2004). Marti received his BFA from Washington University and his MFA from Tyler School of Art, later attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He also worked for many years as a master printer and project coordinator at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Marti is a faculty member at the Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. He is represented by Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York.

In addition to his lecture, Marti will also be jurying SoVA’s Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on display in the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery November 5-16, 2012.  Additional information regarding this event, as well as the full Zoller Gallery schedule can be found at:

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State Professor Emeritus.  The result of Dr. Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus.  The series sponsors leading artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year.  Dr. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a long-time faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Lectures are free of charge and open to the public.  For additional information please contact:

Ann Tarantino John M. Anderson Lecture Series Coordinator
Tammy Hosterman SoVA Communications.